Acres of Iowa City landfill burn

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Fire at an Iowa City, Iowa landfill could burn for days.

It was reported at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26, 2012.  The fire jumped a containment line and spread, covering about 7.5 acres of an unused portion of the Iowa City Landfill.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports officials have taken air samples that show normal levels of chemicals expected in smoke.  

However, people who have breathing problems or who are downwind of the landfill are being advised to avoid contact with the smoke if at all possible.

Shifting wind was expected to move the smoke plume to new directions Tuesday, May 29.  Higher winds were helping to dilute airborne contaminants.

The fire was expected to delay non-municipal and non-commercial haulers use of the landfill indefinitely.  Residential household waste collection was not expected to be affected.

Officials planned to let the fire burn itself out, which is expected to take several days.